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11/06/2015 05:01 pm ET

Zoe Saldana On Nina Simone Biopic: She 'Deserves Better'

“The people behind the project weren’t my cup of tea.”
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"Nina," the long-delayed Nina Simone biopic, will finally be released next month. In the December/January 2016 issue of Latina magazine, the film's lead, Zoe Saldana, spoke about the “path” she took to become the legendary singer and the troubles behind the scenes.

“As a woman, it wasn’t difficult to empathize with another woman. But I needed to be very isolated,” she told the magazine. “I moved out of my house for three months. I wasn’t really talking to anybody that I knew. I just needed to be all things Nina. It was so intense, and everything happened really fast.”

Since the 2012 announcement of the film’s development, the project has faced a series of setbacks and criticisms ranging from lawsuits to backlash against Saldana’s casting. Saldana has previously responded to critics; she talked to Latina about the film’s “mismanagement.”

“The people behind the project weren’t my cup of tea,” she said. “The director was fine, but there was a lot of mismanagement, which is why we’re still here three years later. And I’m still trying to fight with everybody to get the movie finished. Nina deserves better.”

Read more of Zoe Saldana’s Latina magazine interview here.

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